Today's Mike Myer's column in the Wheeling Intelligencer attacks his usual targets: liberals, progressives, and the media in defense of Donald Trump. It begins:
Strange, isn’t it, how a strategy used by an icon of progressivism suddenly has become idiotic and irresponsible in the eyes of many progressives?
Myer then explains how progressive president Theodore Roosevelt used the press for his "bully pulpit" and then likens it to how Donald Trump uses it:
Trump has just moved on and eliminated the middle man and woman. He understands he doesn’t need the news media to give him a bully pulpit.
Trump has Twitter. His tweets allow him to curry favor with existing supporters, whip up enthusiasm for him and his ideas, and tell the opposition where to go.
He can reach more people more quickly — and immediately — through social media than he ever could by relying on the press, even if he had a group of fawning journalists like Roosevelt’s (and, by the way, Franklin Roosevelt’s).
And here is his conclusion:
The left hates it, even though the basic idea was used with great success by one of their idols.
So even though Roosevelt used the media and Trump is going around mainstream media, they're using the same strategy? Huh?
Of course, Myer is using one of his straw men. Liberals/progressives aren't complaining about the medium (Twitter), they're complaining about the message. Does Trump use his "bully pulpit" to get the word out on policy issues? Hardly. No, his Twitter account is used to attack a reviewer who didn't like one of his restaurants, a union leader for expressing his opinion, a former Miss Universe for putting on weight, a late-night imitator who got under his thin skin, news reporters who ask him tough questions, the parents of a Medal of Honor recipient, and, as New York Magazine recently documented:
Donald Trump’s Harassment of a Teenage Girl on Twitter Led to Death and Rape Threats
Yes, that's quite a bully pulpit although I think I prefer the term "cyberbulling."